WCCCSA Program – Taiwan Spring 2020

Spring Quarter 2020
March 30-May 7: Online Coursework in USA

May 7-June 15: Taiwan coursework Abroad

15 college credits


Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

payment deadline: February 3, 2020

Adventure awaits in this small island with a big heart. Situated just off the southern coast of China, Taiwan hosts modern cities, traditional temples, historic sites and a vibrant night market culture. Efficient public transit and high-speed rail offer visitors quick and easy access to beautiful beaches, lush mountains, and hot springs.

You will spend 7 weeks immersed in Taiwanese culture while studying at a private university in Taipei. Along with a cohort of students from Green River College and other community colleges in Washington state, you will be paired with local Taiwanese students or “Campus Mates” who will join you in fun and practical activities throughout your stay. Together you will study, eat, practice Chinese & English, and explore while developing deeper cultural awareness and competency.


CMST 280 Intercultural Communication (5 Credits)

This class looks at communication across cultures on the interpersonal and inter-group levels. It investigates the components of culture that work to affect the communication of members in and across cultures, including consideration of the role of culture on majority and minority cultural groups related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, age, immigration, etc. This course examines different aspects of the communication process as they relate to intercultural communication, including perception, language, nonverbal communication, etc. This course considers the overview of prevalent theories and practical applications.

FILM 122 Introduction to Film: Genres  {Chinese Cinema} (5 Credits)

This class introduces culturally specific films from China and/or Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and examines the genres within this category of films such as thrillers, film noir, melodramas, westerns, etc.  It examines the literary, mythic and historical aspects of the different genres. It examines the social and political significance of different genres through the use of specific films watched for class.

CHIN 121 Chinese (5 credits)

Instructed by Shih Chien University faculty. There is no language prerequisite for this program. You will take a placement test upon arrival in Taiwan. Most students will take beginner level. A minimum of five students is required to create an intermediate or advanced section. The course starts with Mandarin phonetic symbols and Pinyin, with an emphasis on pronunciation, intonations and simple conversations. Green River College equivalent: Chinese &121, 122 or 123.


Will Scott, a tenured instructor at Green River College, will be your faculty leader for this study program. Will is extremely passionate about world travel and has travelled to 34 different countries. Will has taught two different study abroad programs and is familiar with and eager to be a part of the unique and formative experience it provides for students.

Your Chinese language course will be taught by highly qualified local faculty.


The University of Shih Chien (USC), is conveniently located on a metro line in the Zhongshan District of Taipei. This quiet area nestled beneath a green hillside is just a short ride from the hustle and bustle of downtown Taipei. The friendly atmosphere and artistic environment create an ideal learning community. The university is also home to many international students, providing visiting students with an entry point to a globalized community.

photo of an academic building in Taiwan


The Taipei campus houses three of the university’s five colleges: Human Ecology, Design and Management. USC is especially well known for its College of Design, which you will see reflected in the modern architecture and many art installations on campus.

The University has a range of high quality academic facilities including libraries, lecture halls, science laboratories, studios, computer centers, and conference rooms. Sporting and athletic facilities include swimming pools, and unique open air gym. The University also has restaurants, cafés, convenience stores, and bookstores, providing amenities to all University members.


You will live with roommates in a Hostel located near the college campus. The hostel amenities include: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, Secure Lockers and Free Breakfast. Bathrooms, Laundry, Lounge and Kitchen facilities are shared with other residents. The hostel offers weekly social activities and dining excursions, which will give you the opportunity to meet and socialize with travelers from all over the world.

The hostel will have 4 residents per room. They will all be from our program (not strangers). There are lockers for each person’s valuables in the room. There is a shared bathroom for the floor. Here is a link to the Hostel’s website, which has several nice photos of the rooms and common spaces. https://www.homeyhostel.com/

You will be responsible for all lunches and dinners. Food is very inexpensive in Taiwan and most residents find it cheaper to purchase take-out snacks and meals than to prepare meals at home. For your convenience, numerous restaurants and coffee shops, a supermarket, clinic, medical institution, postal office and even dry cleaning are reachable on foot.


Cultural Activities and Excursions

There will be several pre-arranged fully inclusive tours during your stay, which may include the following:

  • Overnight stay at Fo Guang Shan Bhuddist cultural center
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Taipei Confucius Temple
  • Rinzai Buddhism Temple
  • Baoan Temple and Garden
  • Wen Chang Shrine
  • Chen Yueji Residence
  • Chung Tai Chan Monastery
  • Lukang Tianhou Temple
  • Lukang Longshan Temple
  • Nankunshen Daitian Temple

photo of Peace Gate in Taiwan

Additional Activities

Other field trips organized by USC are optional and may require an additional fee. You will also have 1 week at the beginning of the program in which you are free to travel and explore on your own. Some ideas to get you started include: Taroko National Park, Sun Moon Lake, and endless hiking trails, bicycle tours, hot springs and beautiful beaches.

Program Fees: $2,600

A non-refundable $450 deposit is required to be paid with your application.


  • Group transfers to/from Taipei Taoyuan airport
  • Housing accommodations + Free  Breakfast
  • Cultural events and activities organized by USC campus mates
  • Weekly field trips
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Student basic medical and evacuation insurance

Not included

  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Lunch and Dinner Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Optional field trips
  • Independent travel and entertainment expenses
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

Students are advised to refer to the budget estimation sheet as side reference: WCCCSA Budget Request Taiwan 2020

Last Updated January 8, 2020